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SIR JOHN HERSCHEL
SIR JOHN HERSCHEL
Berkshire, England (1792 - 1871)
Sir John Frederick William Herschel was an English mathematician, astronomer, chemist, experimental photographer and inventor. The son of astronomer Sir William Herschel, he originated the use of the Julian day system in astronomy. He named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus.
 

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New Supernova Is Discovered by Young Citizen Scientist
redOrbit - July 9, 2009
Warwick, NEW YORK — There is no age restriction on the chance to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the universe. Caroline Moore, a 14-year-old from Warwick, N.Y., has made such a mark on astronomy with the discovery of Supernova 2008ha.

Gary Post-Tribune - July 9, 2009
Gary, INDIANA — It was one of those moments you never forget. On July 20, 1969, I was allowed to get up in the middle of the night and sat on the floor captivated, watching the grainy picture on our black-and-white console television.

Oelwein 'fortunate' to get library exhibit
Daily Register - July 9, 2009
Oelwein, IOWA — A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday at the Oelwein Public Library to celebrate the arrival of a national exhibit, “Visions of the Universe; Four Centuries of Discovery.”

Space.com - July 9, 2009
New York, NEW YORK — History books tell us that the planet Neptune was found in the mid-1800s after years of speculation and search.

BlackHills Today - July 8, 2009
Deadwood, SOUTH DAKOTA — To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope, and the 40th anniversary of the First Lunar Landing, the Challenger Learning Center’s Board of Directors has set this event as area fundraiser toward the construction of a new Challenger Learning Center (CLC) in Gillette, Wyoming.

WKOW TV - July 8, 2009
Madison, WISCONSIN — Science and music come together in this year's Madison Early Music Festival. The International Year of Astronomy celebrations are collaborating with music inspired by the scientific discoveries of Galileo Galilei, his father Vincenzo Galilei (a musician and astronomer) and others. Festival events and more take place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from July 12-25.

Times & Transcript - July 8, 2009
Moncton NB, CANADA — Like New Brunswick residents, astronomers have not been happy with the long period of cloudy, wet weather that has prevailed across the province.

Kuensel Online - July 7, 2009
BHUTAN — The education ministry will declare 2009 as the “Bhutan Year of Science and Technology” on July 22 when the world will witness one of the biggest events in terrestrial astronomy, the longest solar eclipse.

UA Scientists' Film Chronicles Minority Astronomers
University of Arizona - July 6, 2009
Tucson, ARIZONA — Two astronomers at The University of Arizona will screen their 45-minute documentary this week on the impact of the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA on the careers of one specific group of astronomers.

George Mason University News - July 6, 2009
VIRGINIA — The Vatican is out to monkey with Galileo again. Many might think it had subjected him to enough tender ministrations already, from his two trials in the seventeenth century through John Paul II’s botched rehabilitation to the recent poster show, “Galileo Uomo di Fede,” in Santa Maria degli Angeli which as good as ignores those trials.

Baltimore Sun - July 6, 2009
Severna Park, MARYLAND — Students at Shipley's Choice Elementary School will be getting a close-up view of the universe in the fall after winning a telescope giveaway contest sponsored by Maryland Public Television.

SpaceRef - July 4, 2009
Paris, FRANCE — As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) reaches its six-month milestone, over a million people have already looked at the sky through a telescope for the first time, and even more have newly engaged in astronomy.

Telegraph-Journal - July 4, 2009
Saint John NB, CANADA — Despite the jokes and complaints, many people in our part of the world are grateful for the variety afforded by the changing seasons. Those less fortunate than us, who live in year-round warmth, can still mark the seasons by watching the parade of constellations across the night sky.

Packet Online - July 3, 2009
Princeton, NEW JERSEY — In 1633, for his revolutionary discovery that the Earth revolves around the sun, Galileo Galilei was convicted by the Roman Catholic Church of holding views contrary to Scripture, arrested and imprisoned for life.

Hundreds of yougsters play brain game
Norwich Evening News - July 3, 2009
Norwich, ENGLAND — The whole country might be gearing up for the Olympics in 2012 but it was mental and not physical agility that was at the forefront of most people's minds in Norwich yesterday.

Times of India - July 3, 2009
Pune, INDIA — Telescope-making workshops for school children, a 52-episode radio show on astronomy, a tableau in the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

ANI - July 2, 2009
Berlin, GERMANY — The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) has achieved a milestone of sorts, in the sense that over a million people have already looked at the sky through a telescope for the first time, and even more have newly engaged in astronomy in just six months this year.

Innovations Report - July 1, 2009
Chicago, ILLINOIS — Visitors to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport this summer may find themselves taking an unplanned “journey” into the cosmos.

Grant Tribune Sentinel - July 1, 2009
Grant, NEBRASKA — Woo-Hoo! Finally got some glass on those elusive planets. The clouds were gone, the sky was clear, and the temperature was great for sky watching. The only drawback was the pesky mosquitoes still in full force even at 4:30 in the morning.

Scottish Children Make New Constellation
redOrbit - June 30, 2009
Edinburgh, UK — An imaginary mouse (temporarily) occupied part of the sky, as the winning entry for a competition to design a new constellation for the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009).

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